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Nursing home residents deserve top notch care, not neglect

Nursing home residents aren't often in a position where they can speak up about what is happening to them. The sad fact about this is that there are many cases in which these vulnerable residents suffer severe pain and serious injuries just because the nursing home and its staff are trying to minimize expenses and cut costs.

There is a bill that Governor Jerry Brown can sign that would help make it much easier to handle cases of nursing home abuse and neglect. As it stands today, California law states that evidence of altered records in nursing homes must be clear and convincing if action is going to be taken.

Pneumonia in patients on ventilators can turn deadly

Patients who are on a ventilator are often in poor condition. While there are some patients who are on specialized ventilators that they can wear home and other places, this isn't always the case.

For any patient who is on a ventilator, staying as healthy as possible is imperative. All of these patients run the risk of developing ventilator-associated pneumonia. This is a dangerous condition because it is a serious infection in already weakened lungs.

Use your anger to work on a wrongful death claim

The tragic death of a loved one is something that can cause you to have a variety of emotions. One of these is anger. When you are angry, you have two options for what you can do -- you can either use your anger to do something positive or you can let it consume you. If you want to let your anger fuel you to do something proactive, we are here to help you.

You can seek compensation for the death from the party who is liable for your loved one's death. Determining who this is can be challenging, but we can trace what happened up to and during the accident that claimed your loved one's life. This can play an important role in the claim for compensation you make when you file a wrongful death lawsuit.

Differences between malpractice and wrongful death lawsuits

Have you ever thought about how much your life could change if your doctor didn't diagnose you properly, prescribe the correct treatment or perform a procedure properly? If not, you might need to take a few minutes to think about that. While these incidents are fairly rare, they do occur.

There are some cases that involve medical malpractice and wrongful death. This is the case when a doctor or other medical professional's actions lead to a patient's death. When this occurs, the deceased person's family has to decide what type of case is more appropriate.

From road rash to brain injuries, pedestrian crashes are serious

Pedestrian crashes are horrible incidents that can cause very serious injuries or even death. This negatively impacts the victims and there could even be doubts that they will be able to fully recover from their accidents.

There are many possible injuries that might occur in these cases. One of these is road rash. While this might seem like a minor problem, think about how devastating it would be to walk around for the rest of your life with visible scarring over a large area of your body or even on your face. This is a real possibility when there is a pedestrian crash.

Drivers must respect pedestrian rights around the city

All drivers on the roads need to drive safely. This is especially true when there are pedestrians around. The streets of San Diego have a lot of pedestrians, so drivers must be extra cautious.

When drivers are watching for people walking or bicycling, they need to be sure that they are taking the current conditions into account. For example, it is much more difficult to spot a pedestrian if the roads have a lot of obstacles like signage or shrubbery. Bad weather and darkness can also make it more difficult to see pedestrians.

Don't think you have to cover costs when a driver lacks insurance

One of the first things that you might think when a driver runs into you is "I hope he has good insurance." Unfortunately, some drivers don't have insurance at all, which can make your heart drop. There are some specific things that you need to do if you are struck by a driver who doesn't have insurance at all or who has inadequate coverage.

First, make sure that you call the police to get a report made. You should also get all of the information you can from the other driver. You might find that drivers who don't have at least the state minimum coverage might be unwilling to share their information with you. This is why contacting the police is so important.

Avoid common driving distractions on the roads

Any distraction that is present when you drive could prove to be deadly. Think about how dangerous it is to drive with your eyes closed. Most people won't even walk with their eyes closed due to the danger.

Distractions are something that are the equivalent of driving with your eyes closed. If you take your eyes off the road for five seconds, which is the average time it takes to read a text, you could drive the length of a football field in that time if you are going 55 mph. The distance is even longer if you are going faster than that.

You have 1 year to file a medical malpractice lawsuit

There are many things that can go wrong in the course of health care interactions. The effects of these errors can be life-altering. When you find out that your doctor wasn't as dependable, upstanding and ethical as you believed, there are a lot of thoughts that might go through your mind.

We know that you had trust in your doctor. The violation of this trust is sometimes more difficult to deal with than the physical effects of the issue.

Understanding some points about medical harm in California

Medical professionals who don't handle cases in an appropriate manner can end up causing harm to patients. This harm is often met with the patient filing a claim for compensation. In most cases, this is done by filing a medical malpractice lawsuit; however, this might not always be the case.

The circumstances of the situation determine how the case is filed. While some cases are clear cut, other cases aren't so clear. For example, there might be cases when the circumstances could be considered medical malpractice but they could also be considered general negligence. The line between these two is often very fine.

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